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Introduction

Razz is seven-card stud, lowball. It is a fairly simple game, but not as simple as many people would like to believe. It is not played many places outside of the casinos of Las Vegas and Reno. 

One of the reasons it is played at these places is because it is an unfamiliar game to tourists who then become easy prey for the local hustler.

However, many of the Vegas seven-card stud pros and hold’em pros look down their noses at the razz hustlers because, in their minds, razz is a game that has very little to it and is an edge for the pro only when he is against a bunch of idiots.

There is some truth to that statement. However, in fact, razz has some very interesting subtleties that aren’t generally known. Therefore this book should be able to make an expert razz player out of a good online poker player.

However, there is another good reason why poker players would read this book, even if those players don’t intend to play razz.

This is so because razz is the one game where reading hands does not take on that much importance. Obviously a king is a bad card whenever your opponent or you catch it on board. A small card is a good card anytime it doesn’t pair you.

The only reading that is necessary is determining whether a small card might have paired your opponent (or in some cases whether your opponent might not have started with a good hand) and in most cases this is a mathematical rather than a psychological determination. 

Because of this many of the principles that were originally outlined in the theory of poker are more easily shown with the game of razz where you don’t usually have to make psychological judgments. 

Even the expert seven-card stud player, however, can benefit from this book because of situations where, for instance, he has made a good guess about what his opponent has but still isn’t sure that to do.

In razz rules, you usually have a very good idea of what an opponent has and this section will explain the correct play when you are in that situation.

Thus, those expert intuitive seven-card stud or hold’em players who are great at reading hands but are weak in determining the right play even after they determine their opponent’s hand at some middle round of betting rules, will benefit from this book. 

Of course, the greatest benefit will go to those players who decide to take up the game of razz.

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